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Things to do in Arnside

Arnside is famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery and superb walks. From the beauty of the lady's-slipper orchid to the sands of Morecambe Bay, Arnside is full of natural spectacles and things to do.

Arnside lies amongst low limestone hills, marshy plains and deciduous woodland at the southern tip of South Lakeland in a designated Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty. This former fishing port has retained many of its original features with stunning views over Morecambe Bay, particularly at sunset. Pretty shops line Arnside promenade and you can sit outside one of the local pubs and look across the estuary towards Grange-over-Sands and theWhat's On in Arnside? - Explore South Lakeland Lakeland peaks. If you want to get an even better view from 520 feet above sea level, Arnside Knott is another great vantage point.

The Arnside and Silverdale area is considered a last remaining stronghold of the red squirrel, which feeds on the cones of Scots Pines on nearby White Scar. There are 15 Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the area – great places to see rare butterflies and alpine plants on the stunning limestone pavements.

Every summer in Arnside, you can take guided walks across Morecambe Bay to enjoy the unique light, space and panoramic views. Please note: There are dangerous quicksands in the Bay and you should never cross the Bay without an official guide.

Arnside... Did you know?

The Bore is the tidal wave caused by the surge of the incoming tide meeting resistance from the sands and channels of the Bay at Arnside. It is said that the tide can come in as fast as a galloping horse.

The Leighton Moss nature reserve is the largest area of reedbeds in North West England and is an important habitat for birds. The bittern, one of the resident species, has been adopted as the logo of the AONB.

Find out more about Arnside

Official Guide to Arnside  Arnside Parish Council
What's On in Arnside?   Arnside & Silverdale AONB
Arnside & Silverdale AONB - Cycle And See! In and Around Arnside


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